Technology

Mrs. Ann Porta


Internet Safety is an important theme in the Computer Lab. This is a topic that is revisited several times during the year. Mrs. Porta’s Perfect World has adults taking an active role in all Internet usage at home.

Research Techniques using online encyclopedias and databases that link to magazines will be utilized. First and second grade students will use Enchanted Learning, an online dictionary. Third through seventh grade students will access Comptons Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Britannica provided through the Arkansas State Library Association Traveler Project.

Use of Programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are necessary in the workplace and students become familiar with these programs. Kindergarten and first grade students will practice typing letters, color words and short sentences. Second grade students learn the basics of Excel when creating a word-search puzzle. Third through seventh grade students use Word to complete assignments, PowerPoint to demonstrate research and Excel to organize date and create charts and graphs.

Two Handed Touch Typing is introduced starting in Kindergarten. Keyboarding class begins in second grade. The focus is on accuracy initially, with speed a consideration when accuracy is mastered.

Each of Our Textbooks has a website with additional activities. Students visit websites that allow collaboration with others in different parts of the country and the world. We have participated in data collection, comparing our results with those from many schools. For example, we followed a group of explorers in the Amazon, explorers traveling from Seattle, WA to Florida through Canada, and shared with students around the world what our weather was like “On the Same Day in March”. Who knows where we will go this year?!?!?"


Kindergarten

Primary units: Introduction to Acceptable Use Policy; Introduction to computer hardware and software; Awareness of letters on keyboard; Use of drawing program. Websites that contribute to curriculum in the classroom, such as Starfall, Enchanted Learning and PBS Kids.

Teaching methods and resources used: demonstration of techniques; guided practice in use of computer

First Grade

Primary units: Review of Acceptable Use Policy; Review of computer hardware and software; Use of drawing program to develop mouse skills; Use of Math Facts in a Flash to supplement Math skills; Use of Kidspiration program; Introduction to Star Reading and Accelerated Reading to supplement reading skills; Use of Internet sites to reinforce safe computer practices; use of websites that contribute to the curriculum in the classroom such as Starfall and Enchanted Learning.


Teaching methods and resources used: demonstration of skills by teacher on LCD projector followed by guided practice.


Second Grade

Primary units: Review of Acceptable Use Policy; Review of computer hardware and software; Use of drawing program to develop mouse skills; Introduction to keyboarding skills; Use of Math Facts in a Flash to supplement math skills; Star Reading and Accelerated Reading to supplement reading skills; Use of Internet sites to reinforce safe computer practices; use of spreadsheet program to create Wordsearch; use of Internet sites to begin search skills.


Teaching methods and resources used: demonstration of skills by teacher on LCD projector folllowed by guided practice.


Third Grade

Primary units: Review of Acceptable Use Policy; Continued use of Star Reading and Accelerated Reader; continued practice of keyboarding; Introduction of formatting text in creating card for Second Grade First Communion recipients; Use of math textbook website to supplement math skills; Use of language arts and social studies website to supplement skills; use of websites to reinforce safe computer practices; use of websites to continue skill of research.

Teaching methods and resources used: demonstration of skills by teacher on LCD projector followed by guided practice.


Fourth Grade

Primary units: Review of Acceptable Use Policy; Continued use of Renaissance Place programs, Math website, keyboarding; Use of Internet for focused searching in  social studies Explorer's unit and science Animals unit; Introduction to slide show presentation; Continue use of spreadsheet creation with charts and graphs

Teaching methods and resources used: demonstration of correct techniques using LCD projector; group skills in gathering information more efficiently


Fifth Grade

Primary units: Review of Acceptable Use Policy; Continued use of Renaissance Place, math website, language arts and social studies website; Continue good searching techniques; Create slide show presentations after research unit; use of Glogster and Wiki to enhance use of proper social networking skills; Further develop keyboarding skills using TypingMaster.

Teaching methods and resources used: demonstration of correct techniques using LCD projector; cooperative learning groups; Web 2.0 sites; wiki use


Sixth Grade

Primary units: Develop a deeper understanding of Acceptable Use Policy by creating slide show in language understandable by younger students, also incorporate Discipline With Purpose terminology; Further develop keyboarding skills; Create directions for accomplishing formatting tasks; Develop survey and create spreadsheet and graphs; Discuss ethical use of computer programs; Create slide show presentation; Continued use of Wiki and Glogster to develop social networking skills.

Teaching methods and resources used: demonstration of correct techniques using LCD projector; cooperative learning groups; Web 2.0 sites; wiki use

 

Seventh Grade

Primary units: Review Acceptable Use: Further develop keyboarding skills; Create directions for accomplishing formatting tasks; Develop survey and create spreadsheet and graphs; Discuss ethical use of computer programs; Create slide show presentation; Continued use of Glogster and Wiki to develop social networking skills.

Teaching methods and resources used: Demonstration of correct techniques using LCD projector; cooperative learning groups; Web 2.0 sites; wiki use


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